Crystal Symphony to make 13 voyages to Bermuda this year
Cruise ship Crystal Symphony will be making a series of visits to Bermuda starting next month, it has been confirmed.
The liner will make 13 trips to the island and will berth at Dockyard for two nights while here.
The first four trips will depart from Boston, with the remaining cruises departing from New York.
According to the Cruise Industry News website, capacity on the liner will be reduced, and all passengers and crew must be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Cruise ship company Crystal Cruises also confirmed that all guests and crew must follow public safety protocols while in Bermuda.
Lawrence Scott, the transport minister, welcomed the announcement.
He told the website: “We are delighted to welcome Crystal Symphony’s guests to Bermuda’s 21-square miles of beautiful open spaces and pink sand beaches and invite them to relax and enjoy all the culture, adventure and fun we have to offer knowing that stringent protocols ensure them a healthy, safe and pleasurable experience.”
Crystal Symphony was originally expected to spend the summer cruising to Antigua and St. Maarten, but has had to reschedule a number of routes.
Jack Anderson, the president of Crystal Cruises, said: “The Luxury Bermuda Escapes out of Boston and New York are a perfect fit, allowing us to welcome guests back on board to enjoy the service and amenities of the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line.
“Guests can enjoy a gorgeous destination famous for its pink sand beaches, turquoise seas, historic harbours and UNESCO World Heritage sites, paired with the ease and convenience of departing from these well-connected travel hubs both for those driving to the pier or those flying into the cities.
“As the entire travel industry emerges from the restrictions of the global pandemic, flexibility has been key in re-establishing meaningful experiences for travellers.
“For cruising, in particular, the recent positive developments of ships sailing from US ports have prompted US travellers to show an increased preference for more direct access to luxury cruise options closer to home.”